Here are some of the talented people attending our comics camp and mini-con in 2019!
Lucy Bellwood is a professional adventure cartoonist and author of the graphic novel Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea and 100 Demon Dialogues. Lucy specializes in traveling the world and bringing back tales of unconventional derring-do in visual form. She has covered two accounts of whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon, sailing aboard the last wooden whaling ship in the world, and mapping the ocean floor between Guam and Oahu aboard the research vessel Falkor.
Lucy also contributes comics journalism to The Nib, investigating issues of environmentalism, gender politics, and social change. She is an international teacher, lecturing on comics and the Internet, the economics of being a independent creator, and best practices for bringing history to life in modern classrooms.
Lucy lives in Portland, Oregon and works out of Helioscope, the largest collection of freelance comics professionals in North America. Find out more at lucybellwood.com, or say hello on Twitter @LuBellwoo.
Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. She studied animation at Sheridan College, and spent ten years at Laika Inc. in Portland, Oregon drawing storyboards for feature animation. Now she makes books.
Vera’s next picture book, The Little Guys, will be released this spring!
Singer-songwriter Marian Call lives in Alaska and has toured her music in all fifty states, Canada and Europe.
Marian’s tenth album, “Standing Stones,” was released in 2017.
Tony Cliff is the author and illustrator of the generally well-regarded Delilah Dirk series of adventure graphic novels, the first of which, The Turkish Lieutenant, is a New York Times Bestseller and a nominee for Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster awards. The King’s Shilling and The Pillars of Hercules, similarly well-regarded, continue Delilah’s globe-trotting, sword-swinging, tomb-raiding adventures.
Tony hails from Vancouver, BC, where he is a fourteen-year veteran of the city’s animation industry.
Ben Hatke wrote and illustrated Zita the Spacegirl, Little Robot and Mighty Jack. He has also published comics stories in the Flight Anthology as well as Flight Explorer. In addition to writing and drawing comics, he also paints in the naturalist tradition and, occasionally, performs one-man fire shows. Hatke lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley with his wife and their boisterous pack of daughters.
Shing Yin Khor
Shing Yin Khor writes comics about feelings, monsters, and the immigrant experience, and builds big collaborative immersive installation art about new human rituals. They are a co-organizer of the Resistance Cranes endurance art activism project, founder of the installation art collective Three Eyed Rat, writer/illustrator of The Legend of Auntie Po(Kokila 2020), and won an Ignatz in 2018.
Kazu Kibuishi is the author and illustrator of the Amulet graphic novel series, published by Scholastic Graphix. He is also the cover artist of the Harry Potter 15th anniversary edition paperbacks and served as editor and art director of the Flight and Explorer comic anthologies. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award, and his popular webcomic Copper is also published by Scholastic Graphix.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Film Studies degree in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. After working on movies, commercials, and video games for several years, he began to produce graphic novels full time. Kazu lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife Amy, and their children, Juni and Sophie.
Dylan Meconis is a writer, cartoonist and designer from Portland, Oregon.
Her books include Bite Me!, Family Man, Outfoxed, and the forthcoming Queen of the Sea. Her work has also appeared in Bitch Planet, The Nib, Feminist Frequency, and more. She studied history and literature in college (not art!) and likes to create work that challenges our ideas about the lives of extremely dead people.
Dylan has also helped a lot of organizations turn piles of complicated information into cool maps, infographics, and comics. She loves teaching and public speaking, where she focuses on introducing people to unusual new perspectives and tools for creative thinking.
Dylan is a member of Helioscope, the largest studio of comics professionals in North America.
Ryan North is a New York Times bestselling author and cartoonist. He is the author of the choose-your-own-path Shakespeare adaptation To Be or Not To Be (which became Kickstarter’s most-funded publishing project when it launched) and its sequel, Romeo and/or Juliet.
Ryan also writes the popular webcomic Dinosaur Comics, the critically acclaimed Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comic for Marvel Comics, and he wrote the first thirty-five issues of Adventure Time, for which he won an Eisner Award. That’s like the Oscars of comics! There’s a gala and everything. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jenn, and their dog, Noam Chompsky.
Raina Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels Smile, Drama, and Sisters, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-sitters Club series, and has contributed short stories to many anthologies.
Raina’s accolades include two Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many Best Of and Notable lists. Her newest graphic novel is Ghosts. Raina lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
Tillie Walden has published six graphic novels, including Spinning, a memoir about her days as a competitive ice-skater, which received critically acclaimed reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, The Guardian and the AVClub. She has won the prestigious Ignatz Awards and an Eisner award for her work.
Tillie has also worked for the New York Times Magazine and Vox.com, with her work for Planned Parenthood distributed to women’s health centers across the United States.
Her most recent book On a Sunbeam came out in October 2018. She is a native of Austin, Texas and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She is the co-author of the New York Times Bestselling graphic novel In Real Life with Cory Doctorow, Koko Be Good, and The Prince and the Dressmaker. She is a co-founder and organizer of the annual festival Comic Arts Los Angeles.